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Singers, Celebs Take to Social Media to Mourn Leonard Cohen

"Like a bird on a wire, like a drunk in a midnight choir, I have tried in my way to be free," Cohen sang

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    Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen has died at the age of 82. Hundreds of people gathered outside Cohen's home in Montreal Thursday night to mourn his passing. They laid flowers, candles and other tributes on the steps of his home. The vigil outside Cohen's home began small, and grew as the night went on. Cohen released his final album "You Want it Darker" just weeks ago. (Published Friday, Nov. 11, 2016)

    Celebrities mourned the loss of Leonard Cohen, a legendary singer-songwriter who so many others have cited as an influence and died Thursday night.

    Called "utterly unique and impossible to imitate" by Nick Cave, he was known for writing folk music with an edge, creating famous tunes such as "Hallelujah," "Suzanne" and "Bird on a Wire." Cohen was also a poet, novelist and an aspiring Zen monk.

    As fellow singers and performers remembered the 82-year-old Canadian's life and work, they cited his poignant lines and highlight his pure spirit: